Training Session on Bystander Intervention Training for CBA NS’ Sexual Harassment Work Group

Emma Marie MacIntosh recently co-presented bystander intervention training sessions for legal professionals as part of the Sexual Harassment Work Group for CBA NS’ initiative to shift the culture surrounding sexual harassment in the legal workplace.

The sessions define sexual harassment and discuss the deep impacts these behaviours can have on victims, witnesses, and the workplace. It helps participants develop the tools to address sexual harassment to remove the pressure of reporting or addressing inappropriate conduct in the workplace from the recipients/targets of this behaviour.

The first training session was held in November 2020, with more sessions held in January 2021. The hope is that this training will empower legal professionals to be part of the solution.

In 2018, the International Bar Association released the results of a global survey on sexual harassment and bullying in the legal workplace.  With more than 7,000 responses from 135 countries, the survey results indicated that a third of female respondents have been sexually harassed at work.  In North America, 43 per cent of female respondents and 12 per cent of male respondents reported being sexually harassed in their workplace Most did not report the harassment because of the status of the perpetrators and fear of repercussions for their career.

More information on this initiative can be found here or by contacting the CBA NS.